Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvar Psoriasis

Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvar Psoriasis

Introduction Misdiagnoses are, unfortunately, a common part of many of our journeys to getting a proper diagnosis. Some common misdiagnoses that people with lichen sclerosus get are yeast infections, herpes, menopause/GSM, psoriasis, and vitiligo. Part of our strategy in creating a world where folks with vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS) get diagnosed sooner involves raising awareness about VLS and vulvar health in general. With that, today we will be discussing VLS and vulvar psoriasis. In particular, we will discuss the differences between the two regarding signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Disclaimers *This post is evidence-based; I draw on the medical literature to share what you need to know about lichen sclerosus as well as vulvar psoriasis. Importantly, what I share is my interpretation of the science and data. **If this post is helpful to you, we’d love your support so we can continue providing important education like this. Make a donation…
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Lichen Sclerosus and Borax

Lichen Sclerosus and Borax

Introduction If you’ve done any kind of search for lichen sclerosus, chances are you came across borax at one point. Whether in a Facebook group, a blog post, or a video, it’s likely you have come across borax. And here’s the thing: borax is incredibly controversial in the LS community. It’s a topic that comes up time and time again, and we at LSSN frequently get asked about borax, whether it’s in our virtual meetups, our membership, or via email. So, we’ve finally decided to address borax and share our stance. *This post was reviewed and approved by LSSN's medical advisory board. What is Borax? Borax is a naturally occurring mineral and salt of boric acid. Its names are 1) sodium tetraborate, 2) disodium tetraborate, or 3) sodium borate. Borax is obviously much easier to spell and pronounce, so many people will simply call it borax. The chemical formula for…
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Non-Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus

Non-Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus

Introduction In our last video, I discussed ablative laser and addressed the question of whether it was an effective treatment for lichen sclerosus. I noted, in that video, that there are different types of laser, so, for today's video, we are going to look at non-ablative laser for lichen sclerosus and whether they are an effective treatment option for LS. Be sure to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more educational LS content. Disclaimer This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult with your medical provider before making any changes to your health plan. Importantly what I share is my interpretation of the science. If this video was helpful to you, we’d love your support so we can continue providing important education like this. Make a donation today at https://lssupportnetwork.org/donate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noTt0b1imCo Important Links Get my FREE eBook on vulvar lichen sclerosus here Want to…
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Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus: Is It an Effective Treatment?

Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus: Is It an Effective Treatment?

Introduction For today’s video, I am going to be discussing laser therapy for lichen sclerosus. Specifically, I'm going to look at an ablative laser for lichen sclerosus. In our next video, I will review non-ablative lasers for lichen sclerosus, because there are different types of lasers, and they do not all work the same. In this video, I explain what ablative laser therapy is, how it works, what to expect, how to prepare, cost, and frequency. Finally, I share what the science says about ablative laser and whether it is an effective treatment for lichen sclerosus. Disclaimer This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult with your medical provider before making any changes to your health plan. Importantly what I share is my interpretation of the science. If this video was helpful to you, we’d love your support so we can continue providing important education like this.…
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Laser Therapy for Lichen Sclerosus: Experimental Treatment Series

Laser Therapy for Lichen Sclerosus: Experimental Treatment Series

Introduction Experimental treatments show promise in managing a condition but have not been thoroughly evaluated for efficacy, safety, and acceptability. Think of it like a non-approved treatment option; it may or may not work. In the context of lichen sclerosus, when discussing experimental treatment options, I mean interventions, medications, or procedures that have not yet shown to be fully effective as a treatment but show promise in helping with symptom management. In our last post, I discussed platelet-rich plasma as an experimental treatment for lichen sclerosus. Today, we continue the experimental treatment series by looking at laser therapy for lichen sclerosus. We often get questions about laser therapy for lichen sclerosus. For example, folks ask, "Someone on a forum mentioned they got laser therapy for lichen sclerosus; what is laser therapy anyway?" or "Is laser therapy an effective treatment for lichen sclerosus?". Another question I hear is, "Why has my…
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10 Tips for Managing Itch with Lichen Sclerosus

10 Tips for Managing Itch with Lichen Sclerosus

Introduction Not everyone has itch as a symptom of lichen sclerosus. However, if it is a symptom of yours, you know how absolutely miserable this can be. For today’s video, I share 10 tips for managing itch with lichen sclerosus. Let us know in the comments what your favorite tips are. To be transparent, this post is not evidence-based. Instead, the tips I share are either tips that work for me or tips I have heard from others. Be sure to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more educational LS content. If this video was helpful to you, we’d love your support so we can continue providing important education like this. Make a donation today at https://lssupportnetwork.org/donate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1MPYMTGg6g Important Links Get my FREE eBook on vulvar lichen sclerosus here Want to work with me (Jaclyn)? I offer 1:1 lichen sclerosus peer support calls. Learn more and book a…
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Barrier Cream or Emollient: Which is Better for Lichen Sclerosus

Barrier Cream or Emollient: Which is Better for Lichen Sclerosus

Introduction For today’s video, I discuss the difference between barrier creams, emollients, balms, and salves and which option is best for lichen sclerosus. Be sure to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more educational LS content. If this video was helpful to you, we’d love your support so we can continue providing important education like this. Make a donation today at https://lssupportnetwork.org/donate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VO13qXjiME Important Links Get FemmeSense balm in Canada or the United States here and save 10% off of your order with code LABIALOVE23 Celina's code for 10% off of the Momotaro Salve with code JOYONJOYONJOY Get my FREE eBook on vulvar lichen sclerosus here Want to work with me (Jaclyn)? I offer 1:1 lichen sclerosus peer support calls. Learn more and book a call here. Sign up for LSSN's FREE virtual support meetups Subscribe to LSSN's newsletter here Subscribe to TLLC's newsletter here Timestamps for Barrier…
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